Monday, April 4, 2011

Adam and Andrea Graham interview

Please welcome Adam Graham, co-author of Tales of the Dim Knight! Feel free to ask him any questions in the comments.


NA: Welcome! What drew you to write comedy/fantasy?

For me, it was what I grew up on. I had a steady diet of sci-fi growing up: Star Trek (original series, Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine) and superheroes were quite prevalent as well in my TV viewing habits. There were also some comedic superhero stories that were fairly big in the 1990s, "The Tick" and "Darkwing Duck" both were some of my favorites.

NA: What is unique in Tales of the Dim Knight compared to other fantasy?

The comedy element is somewhat unique, albeit not heard of. The family story may be the most unique element. Dave not only has superpowers, but also some serious family problems that arise from his adventures that are both realistic and poignant.

NA: Where did this story come from?

It came from the idea of having a superhero who had a real life with real responsibilities. I also set out to parody every superhero convention imaginable. I didn’t quite make it, but I did come close.

NA: Were there smaller influences that came into the books?

My love of detective stories plays a bit of a part in the speed-dating scene. Of course, there were other little touches and homages. In the “Powerhouse v. The Car Thieves” chapter, Powerhouse has a rhyming line which is a bit of an homage to Underdog. In the Megalopolis Scenes, we have an homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a hero who lives in the sewer.

NA: As you look back on writing those books, what challenged you the most, and how did you get through it?


Adam: The Summer 2010 rewrite.  We committed ourselves to the process, but really held firm to our vision and style. I think we did pretty well in the end.

NA: Which character was the hardest to write?

Adam: The hardest to write was Dave’s wife, Naomi. As we went through critiques and edits, the one complaint we kept getting was that Naomi seemed to be absent for long periods from the story line, which did undermined our family story.  The challenge with Naomi was that her original scenes tended to be not very funny. She was upset, confused, and had a lot of angst. That could mess with the tone of our book.

I have to admit to another small influence on the book, radio series, Lum and Abner which relied heavily on conversational humor.  The solution with Naomi was to add scenes that were still often funny, but used conversational humor as opposed to Dave, which tended much more towards slapstick. To make this work, we fleshed out the character of her best friend, Carmela who, in the first draft, appeared in one scene, and now appears throughout the book.

NA: Which character was the easiest to write?

Bad guys really come natural to me. Night Lord and Diablo were fun to write as they were the typical cartoon villains. Marco is closer to the type I like to write, the conflicted villain really struggles with guilt over his wrongdoing.

NA: If you could be any character in your books, who would it be?

Well, I actually am a character in my book. (Look for a cameo in Chapter Two.) But in terms of main characters, I have to admit to liking Half Brain.

NA: Who is your favorite superhero?

That’s a tough one. I’d give it a four way tie between Zorro, Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man.

NA: If your book was made into a movie, would you have any preferred actor, director, composer, etc?

Maybe Hmmm. Haven’t given a whole lot of thought. Kevin James as Dave Johnson.
Mr. T as the Crusader. Beyond that, I don’t know.

NA: Can you tell us three things about yourself we readers may not know?

My mother was in labor with me for 5 days.

I love Disc Golf, but I’m not any good at it.

I’m doublejointed in my right thumb.
NA: Do you have future book plans or ideas?

Plenty, right now, I’m working on a non-fiction book about life lessons from great detectives. I’ve also tossed around the idea of a sequel.
NA: Do you have any advice to those about writing fantasy?

Be unique and remember to create characters and stories that people will care about.
NA: It’s been great to have you! Do you have any final words for our readers?

Be sure to go http://www.dimknight.com for the latest news and updates.


Thanks for visiting Mr. Graham!

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